mosquito

See also: Mosquito

EnglishEdit

 
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Aedes aegypti biting a human.

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Spanish mosquito (gnat), diminutive of mosca (fly), from Latin musca (fly), from Proto-Indo-European *mūs- (fly, stinging fly, gnat). Cognate with West Flemish meuzie (mosquito), dialectal Swedish mausa (mosquito), Lithuanian musė (a fly) and Sicilian muschitta (midge). See also midge.

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mosquito (plural mosquitos or mosquitoes)

  1. A small flying insect of the family Culicidae, the females of which bite humans and animals and suck blood, leaving an itching bump on the skin, and sometimes carrying diseases like malaria and yellow fever.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      I do not quite know what it was that made me poke my head out of the friendly shelter of the blanket, perhaps because I found that the mosquitoes were biting right through it.

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mosquito (third-person singular simple present mosquitos, present participle mosquitoing, simple past and past participle mosquitoed)

  1. To fly close to the ground, seemingly without a course.

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. mosquito

ItalianEdit

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mosquito m (plural mosquiti)

  1. mosquito

Old SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From mosca, mosco (fly) +‎ -ito.

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. Diminutive of mosca; a mosquito.
    • c. 1250, Alfonso X, Lapidario, f. 107v:
      […] ſera aguardado del danno delos moſquitos. ¬ de todas maneras de moſcas que seá pozonadas o mordedores. / Et eſto es mas deſcendiédo ſobreſta piedra la útud de fiǵa de moſq́to, o de alguna deſtas otras moſcas que dixiemos.
      […] he will be kept from the harm of mosquitos and all manners of flies that are venomous or that bite. And this will happen more when over this stone descends the virtue of the figure of the mosquito, or that of another one of the flies we mentioned.

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  • Spanish: mosquito

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From mosca +‎ -ito.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /muʃ.ˈki.tʊ/, /mus.ˈki.tʊ/

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. mosquito

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

mosca +‎ -ito (diminutive suffix), or Old Spanish moquito. Cognate with Sicilian muschitta (midge).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /mosˈkito/, [mosˈki.t̪o]

NounEdit

mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. mosquito
    Synonyms: zancudo, (Mexico) moyote
  2. gnat
  3. (Mexico, colloquial) trimmer
  4. Diminutive of mosco, small fly

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